Lee Joins Ranks of Mets-Killer in Loss

Travis Lee may join Pat Burrell in the ranks of Phillies Met-killers. He hit a two-run home run and a two-run single for four total runs batted in as Shawn Estes was unable to pitch the Mets out of their current funk, giving up all six runs in their 6-3 loss on Monday night.

Estes is known for losing concentration at times on the mound and it cost him in the second. After he walked Scott Rolen, Travis Lee hit a two-run home run to dead centerfield.

The Mets got a run back when Rey Ordonez and Estes hit back-to-back doubles, making the score 2-1.

The Phillies answered with four runs in the third. Estes walked Bobby Abreau. Met-killer Pat Burrell followed with a single and then Rolen singled to load the bases. Lee singled to score both Abreau and Burrell. After Tomas Perez fouled out to the catcher and Todd Pratt grounded into a fielder's choice, Estes lost his concentration again and gave up a two-run single to Brandon Duckworth to make it 6-1.

Up until the eighth, the Mets offense looked like it was still hung over from yesterday's loss to the Yankees. Then Tony Tarasco, making a rare start, hit a home run and then Jay Payton pinch-hit for David Weathers and hit a home run. After Timo Perz and Alfonzo hit back-to back singles, the big bats came up. Out went Brandon Duckworth, and in came Dan Plesac to face Mo Vaughn. Pleasac, a left-handed specialist reliever had been tough on Vaughn over his career, and showed why by striking him out. Then Jose Mesa came in and struck out Mike Piazza on a curveball that made Piazza's knees buckle.

Mesa pitched a scoreless ninth.



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